We all have dreams and desires in life.
For most of us that’s what they stay, far off dreams or longing desires unfulfilled.
I know right now reading this, you can think of one thing you’ve always wanted to do, be or achieve.
But for whatever reason life has gotten in the way?
You may have a number of reasons why you can’t achieve your dreams and desires right now.
Maybe you are waiting for the children to grow up?
Maybe you need more money or more time?
More knowledge, education or experience?
Maybe someone else to help you?
Maybe inspiration to strike or motivation to move you?
But I can guarantee you that in ten years’ time, you will still have one or more or maybe all, of the above to stop you realising your dreams.
How do I know? Because just like you I have too.
Ten years ago, I set out to write a book.
In that ten years I’ve had two children to bring up, two businesses to run, hundreds of other children to care for, family tragedy and illness, home extensions to contend with and about twenty different educational courses to complete.
Now my young children are teens. I’ve still got my businesses doing well. I’ve gained a massive amount of experience, caring for so many different children and seeing therapy clients. I’ve overcome the loss of loved ones and family illness. My home extension along with all my educational courses are complete.
Yet one thing remains unfinished…….
Yes, my manuscript.
Don’t get me wrong its finished in so far as its written. In fact, I’ve enough material for four books. Its just I’m still editing it. And editing it. And yes, you’ve guessed it, still editing it.
I’m waiting for it to be perfect, then I’ll wait for the perfect time. And then well quite frankly, if I keep waiting that may never come.
Striving for perfection in an imperfect world is impossible.
Perfectionism is the weed that thinks it’s a flower.
So, lets waste no more time striving for it!
As Charles Darwin was quoted as saying;
‘A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.’
What do you need more time to do, be or have?
A clock tick for all of us, silently somewhere. And one is ticking now for you.
One day it will be too late to; travel the world, spend more time playing with the kids, to write that book, take that study course or do that job.
Too late to find that relationship that you’ve always dreamed of.
And too late to tell someone you are sorry or that you love them.
Too late to be the real you, the person deep inside that you know you can and want to be.
And too late to live the life you deserve to live.
Now is the time to act. Today, this minute, is the only time you are promised.
Joan Rivers while she was alive, was once quoted as saying
‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present!’
The past is gone; the future is not guaranteed, but today, everything is possible.
‘No time’ – Is an excuse.
‘Later when the time is right’ – Is procrastination.
Now is the time to act, before our fears of time running out become a reality.
It’s ironic how time only stands still, when something catastrophic happens in our lives.
Someone we love dies.
We receive a diagnosis from the doctor.
Our partner leaves us for someone else.
We lose our job or home.
Suddenly, it’s like we are frozen still in time.
For once, we stop being busy doing nothing, and become still.
Bewildered by how everyone else is still busy around us, getting on with their lives, oblivious to what is happening in our world.
Abruptly we wake from our dream or nightmare, crashing back to reality with an urgency, to do those things we always wanted to do, but just never had enough time.
We are all just waiting our whole lives for;
The time to be right.
To be ready.
To be old enough.
To have enough experience, knowledge, support, money or time!
But when is the time ever right?
When will it be the right time for you to follow your dreams, and live your life the way you want to?
What are you waiting for?
Mind your own business and you’ll see results. News, social media and so and so next door, is nothing to do with you. Focus on where you are going and don’t get side tracked by other people’s lives.
And never repress your dreams as unachievable right now. If you want to be a dancer dance now, if you want to be a singer, sing now, if you want to be an actor then act now, if you want to be an artist, paint now, and if you want to write, write now. Or whatever else it is, that you are yearning to do, have or become?
Another quote I love is by Audrey Hepburn;
‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible’
You got this!
Just start right now and never doubt yourself. Leave that for others to waste their time doing and know that if others are doubting you, it’s because of their own unfulfilled dreams, that they’ve buried through fear.
Still feeling de motivated or struggling to get started on your dreams and goals?
Don’t worry, we all need a cheering squad sometimes. Unfortunately, the people we tend to turn to for support, such as family and friends, can unintentionally influence us to go off course.
And even after ten years, I still feel uncomfortable when I receive those blank stares and awkward silences, whenever I admit that I’m writing a book.
But don’t give up!
When you find the right person to be accountable to, your commitment and success ratio will increase considerably.
You’ll lose that weight, find that dream job or partner, or get that book published!
You are imperfectly perfect for that role but if you want motivation and inspiration, then follow my blog for a weekly boost or let’s make friends on social media and support one another along the way.